Month: September 2013

Book Review: Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge’s Black and White

Book Review: Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge’s Black and White

First in the Icarus Project arcanepunk fantasy superhero comic in text form. My Take Yawn. I kept pushing my way through, hoping it would get better. Oh, well. I wish Kessler-Kittredge (KK) had merged a bit of Meg Cabot’s Princess Mia into this story to remind me that Jet was really still an innocent “teen”. Her character was so lame that I wanted to boot her! KK kept switching perspectives as well as flashbacks on a regular basis although they did provide plenty of clues as long as you read the chapter starts. They were a bit clumsy in their switching your sympathies, but the empathy does finally happen, and Black and White‘s ending was a shocker, although it explained so much. What these girls needed was communication and an open mind. At least on Jet’s part. I suspect that part of my dislike for this story was Jet and her stupidity and constant fear. It’s a lousy combination for anyone, and all I wanted to do was smack her silly. A little bit of thought and introspection on her part would have helped her quite a bit. She has this shadow power and constantly flinches from it. She should […]

Posted September 27, 2013 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Marie Lu’s Legend

Book Review: Marie Lu’s Legend

First in the Legend dystopian series for young adults and revolving around the “traitorous” Day and the child prodigy, June. Based in Los Angeles in the Republic. Legend was nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award in 2015, the Abraham Lincoln Award in 2014, the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award in 2013, and the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and was the Goodreads Choice Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2012. >My Take This was good — gruesome and disgusting — but good. Lu didn’t hold back on the action or the characters whom I liked. They are exaggerated as is the situation, but it does help the story move forward quickly as Lu paints a picture of an awful world. Lu did fall into cliché on several points, but she does give a wee twist on each. Some aspects aren’t particularly believable: climbing the sides of buildings for one! Even if it was fun to imagine doing it! The point-of-view switches back and forth between Day and June, and it’s easy enough to slide into their heads. It was frustrating not knowing who the Patriots/Colonials were or why the country split. Why they’re fighting, although […]

Posted September 24, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 1 Comment

Book Review: Sophia McDougall’s Romanitas

Book Review: Sophia McDougall’s Romanitas

First in the Romanitas alternate history fiction series revolving around Marcus Novius Faustus Leo, an impediment to taking over the empire. Do commit the maps in the front of the book to memory — or at least put a bookmark on that page as you’ll want to refer to it as Marcus, Una, and Sulein make through way through the countryside. In 2005, Romanitas was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. My Take This was an interesting read with two separate stories that quickly merge in this Rome that never fell and rules half the world. Full of Roman hubris in what is the equivalent of our 2005, it’s enough to make me want to smack ’em around and wonder how its empire survived so long, especially with the slavery. It was an odd reading that kept throwing me off my stride with the discordancy of the combination of Roman and modern names for cities and places, the Roman familial nomens, and Roman culture with its ancient politics, mores, justice system, and slavery — contrasting with the modernish setting. It didn’t help that McDougall writes some incomprehensible sentences that had me going back over them again and again […]

Posted September 23, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments